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APD Logs: March 22 — March 24

Six arrests over the weekend in Amherst
(Maxwell Zaleski/Daily Collegian)

The following police logs are from the Amherst Police Department from Friday, March 22, 2019 to Sunday, March 24, 2019.

Friday, March 22, 2019

Assist Other Police Department

9:20 a.m.: A “be on the lookout” was issued out of Ludlow, Mass. for a gray 1998 Toyota Camry. No direction of travel was given and patrol officers were notified.

Breaking and Entering

10:14 a.m.: A reporting party advised police of what appeared to be a breaking and entering situation at 31 Beston St. Police believe that someone may have broken into the home the day before. The reporting party were Airbnb guests at the address, where change, jewelry, sunglasses, a camera and a charger appeared to have been stolen.

Assist Business / Agency

11:25 a.m.: A reporting party advised police of a customer who was angry about work being done on his vehicle at the Auto Express at 118 S. East St. The person, who drove a gray 2007 Nissan Altima had left without paying, and employees did not have a plate number for the vehicle. Police made phone contact with the person and advised them to come back and pay for the work done to their car.

911 Hang Up

12:35 p.m.: An officer spoke to office personnel at the Wildwood School at 71 Strong St. for a 911 hang up. There was no issue.

5:46 p.m.: A 911 hang up from 35 Tamarack Dr. was reported. When police arrived, a resident said that they did not know why someone called 911. A 12-year-old child said that they were watching TV and wanted to call their mom, but accidentally dialed 911 by accident.


3:17 p.m.: A reporting party at the CVS located at 76 N. Pleasant St. advised police that they had a female suspected of shoplifting earrings. The person denied it, but the CVS employee stated that they had camera recordings of the incident. The reporting party believed that the person might have been under the influence of something. While the reporting party was on the line with dispatch, the female left via the back door. CVS was not interested in prosecution as the theft was considered to be minor. The female was gone on police arrival.


5:22 p.m.: A 911 cell caller reported that two people were sleeping inside their apartment at 81 Belchertown Road. Both were present upon police arrival, and the trespass was confirmed. A 40-year-old person who gave an address of “streets of Amherst” was issued a summons for trespass.


6:36 p.m.: A reporting party stated that she witnessed a male being aggressive with a female near Jones Library on 43 Amity St. The person observed the couple walk to an alley behind Bank of America. All alleys were checked, and the couple was gone on arrival.

10:22 p.m.: A reporting party stated that a white man with a blue coat started yelling at him and his wife at the bus stop near the post office at 141 N. Pleasant St. where they were told by the man to “get the f*** out of the bus stop.” A man matching the description was acting evasive upon officer presence, and walked into the bathroom of Insomnia Cookies at 30 Main St. The business owner did not wish for the person to remain inside and he was asked to leave without disturbing anyone else.

Motor Vehicle Complaint

8:08 p.m.: A reporting party advised police of a white 2005 Ford Explorer weaving all over the road near 33 Market Hill Road. The person believed the operator to be under the influence, and the person was able to name all persons in the vehicle. The area was checked and the vehicle was gone on arrival.

8:57 p.m.: A reporting party advised police of erratic operation of a northbound motor vehicle near 265 Belchertown Road. The vehicle was gone on police arrival.

10:06 p.m.: A reporting party advised police of a gray Acura SUV heading down Main St., where they almost hit a pedestrian at the intersection at 2 Main St. The vehicle was gone on police arrival.


8:49 p.m.: A reporting party advised police of someone knocking on her door in Puffton Village, 1040 N. Pleasant St. The person tried the door handle and the reporting party answered the door, where they were then asked if they were interested in spreading the word about Jesus. The reporting party closed the door on them, but heard them kicking on other doors nearby. An area check returned negative results and the persons were gone on police arrival.

Motor Vehicle Stop

10:28 p.m.: A blue 2001 Pontiac Sunfire was stopped near 212 College St. as they were going 50 mph in a 35 mph zone. Field sobriety tests were conducted and no signs of impairment were observed. The operator was issued a citation for the speed.

10:52 p.m.: A red 2008 Toyota Highlander was stopped at 28 Nutting Ave. for operating a vehicle with an aftermarket blue Uber light in the windshield. The operator appeared annoyed at the regulation but agreed to turn the light off.

Noise Complaint

11:29 p.m.: Loud music and voices were heard at 257 Pelham Road upon police arrival. Tenants were identified and advised of the complaint. They were cooperative and were informed of the town bylaws concerning noise.

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Disabled Motor Vehicle

12:49 a.m.: A white 2006 Nissan Sentra was seen with the hood up on the side of the road by 211 Lincoln Ave. An officer provided roadside assistance. There was a slight language barrier and the operator was unsure of where he was. Roadside assistance sent a tow truck; the vehicle was not a hazard to traffic.

Motor Vehicle Stop

12:53 a.m.: A red 2008 Kia Sorento was stopped by 277 E. Pleasant St. for a defective headlight. A verbal warning was issued to the registered operator.

1:06 a.m.: The operator of a blue 2013 Honda Civic was given a verbal warning for operating 47 mph in a posted 35 mph zone by 10 University Dr.

1:17 a.m.: A white 2010 Toyota Prius was stopped by 25 E. Pleasant St. for operating without headlights on. A warning was issued to the operator.

1:21 a.m.: A red 2008 Kia Sorento was travelling northbound on N. Pleasant Street by Puffton Village Apartments with the driver-side headlight out. An officer went to stop the motor vehicle when they were advised by dispatch that the operator of the Kia had been stopped 10 minutes prior. The operator was issued a warning.

1:44 a.m.: A 21-year-old male was arrested for OUI drugs, negligent operation of a motor vehicle to endanger and a motor vehicle lights violation for having a taillight out by 130 University Dr. The vehicle was nearly involved in an accident. The operator underwent a field sobriety test and tested for something other than alcohol.

2:07 a.m.: A motor vehicle was travelling southbound on E. Pleasant Street after pulling out of Olympia Drive with a headlight out. The operator of the vehicle advised that he was leaving work at Olympia Place, 57 Olympia Dr. The operator was issued a warning and said he will fix the light tomorrow.

2:09 a.m.: The operator of a gray 2005 Subaru Outback was issued a warning for operating the vehicle without headlights on in the vicinity of 121 E. Pleasant St.

7:11 a.m.: A blue 2018 Nissan Rogue was stopped by 191 W. Pomeroy Lane and the registered operator was issued a warning.

1:47 p.m.: A white 2016 Mercedes and a gray 2017 Ford Escape were both traveling west on Northampton Road. The Mercedes attempted to turn right from the far lane in front of the Ford, which was traveling straight. Small dents and paint transfer occurred with both vehicles, estimated to be under $1,000 worth of damage. Information was exchanged; no injuries were reported.


1:27 a.m.: An involved party was suspiciously walking around the bank at 33 E. Pleasant St. An officer monitored him and discovered he was looking for a spot to urinate. He was advised not to urinate on the bank.

10:29 p.m.: A called stated she heard a woman saying “don’t” and then a dog whining and yelping at 422 Belchertown Road, Apt. 63. She did not know if it was coming from down the hall or maybe from upstairs. The reporting party updated that what she heard turned out to be an overloaded washing machine. No further assistance was required.


1:37 a.m.: A reporting party stated some signs were thrown at his house, 1102 N. Pleasant St., by two white males who were both wearing backpacks, last seen walking by the entrance to Puffton Village. Two people were identified matching the description. The involved parties claimed no involvement and did not have the signs on them. They were walking away from the scene and advised to continue home and to not pick up anything else that did not belong to them. Both were University of Massachusetts students. The officer later returned to the reporting party’s home and the resident provided the officer with a Styrofoam sign advertising EMT training and an orange cone. He stated both items were thrown at his door while he was preparing dinner. No damage was caused; the reporting party wanted the incident documented and for the involved parties to be identified so they didn’t do anything else. The sign is to be discarded and the cone was left roadside.


1:51 a.m.: Loud voices were heard upon police arrival to 81 Belchertown Road, Apt. 161. No issues inside; a resident had a few people over after returning from the bar.

Noise Complaint

2:18 a.m.: A reporting party stated that people at Kendrick Place, 57 E. Pleasant St., Apt. 407, were playing loud music and being excessively loud in the hallway. It appeared to be just four residents who were talking loudly and playing music. They were advised of the complaint and the town bylaw and agreed to shut the music off and be quiet for the rest of the night.

4:49 p.m.: A caller reported a loud party at 156 Sunset Ave. and there were approximately 20 individuals on the roof. The reporting party stated their landlord told him to call the police if anyone was ever on the roof. Upon arrival a large group of guests were observed on top of the roof of the house. Music was shut off upon request. All residents were advised of the noise town bylaw.

11:10 p.m.: A caller reported loud music coming from 73 Main St., Apt. 3. Numerous police responses to this apartment and a town bylaw citation had already been issued last month. Two residents, a 22-year-old from Stow, Mass. and a 22-year-old from Hopkinton, Mass., were placed under arrest for unlawful noise.

Citizen Transport

7:33 a.m.: An arrestee was unable to find a ride and was provided courtesy transport without incident from the Amherst Police station, 111 Main St.

Suspicious Motor Vehicle

11:22 a.m.: A listed party was parked in the parking lot at 191 W. Pomeroy Lane with his eyes closed. An officer approached the person in the vehicle and was able to see in the vehicle before the person awoke. Nothing suspicious was observed. The officer knocked on the car window and woke him up to ask him if he was ok. He stated he was “reminiscing” and did not need assistance.


2:07 p.m.: A reporting party reported vandalism to the railing leading up to his home at 23 Phillips St. He said the railing was knocked down overnight. The reporting party just wanted the incident documented in case something happens again.

4:20 p.m.: A listed party at 510 N. Pleasant St. came into the APD station to report that sometime between 2 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. that morning, an unknown party spray painted a pink hourglass on their front door. The listed party has pictures of the vandalized door on his cell phone. Police planned to reach out to UMass Police to see if they have a camera on the Studio Arts building that faces the front door of the listed location.


2:07 p.m.: A reporting party advised two vehicles with New Hampshire registrations were blocking the driveway at 23 Phillips St. An officer advised that one of the vehicles, a black Nissan, was issued a citation.


3:07 p.m.: Police received reports of an altercation between a Black male with a cap and a Black male wearing flip flops. There was also a red van at the scene, 1 Spring St. One of the involved parties became combative when he was advised by his aide that he could not vape. He began punching the aide and broke his glasses while the aide attempted to restrain him and calm him down. A supervisor for the group home that the involved party lives at came to the scene and was able to calm him down. The supervisor and the aide wished to take the involved party back to the home and did not want to pursue the assault any further. Peace was restored.

Motor Vehicle Crash

A reporting party reported a past collision to his motor vehicle at 1 Main St. A note was left on his vehicle by an anonymous third party which included the other vehicles license plate number. The reporting party’s vehicle, a blue 2017 Toyota Prius, was legally parked front first eastbound in a parking space in the parking lot. The other vehicle, a black 2019 Tesla, was parked front first eastbound on the left side of the Prius in a parking space. The operator of the Prius, who possesses a Massachusetts learner’s permit only and was accompanied by a licensed driver in the front passenger seat, attempted to back out of the parking space. The passenger side front corner of the Tesla impacted the driver’s side door of the Prius. The operator of the Tesla was contacted regarding the crash. The operator stated he was unfamiliar with the proper reporting procedure. The operator of the Tesla was at fault for failing to use care when backing up.

5:30 p.m.: A reporting party came into the APD station to report he was involved in a single motor vehicle crash that morning at approximately 5:10 a.m in the vicinity of 127 Shutesbury Road. He stated he was driving his white 2017 Volkswagen Jetta when he hit some ice, slipped off the road and struck a guardrail. His vehicle suffered damage to the passenger side front and rear doors.

6:36 p.m.: A two car motor vehicle accident was reported with no injuries in the vicinity of 79 Main St. The first caller stated one vehicle was leaving the scene but they all remained at the location. The crash involved a red 2000 Toyota Corolla and a gray 2009 BMW. The BMW was stopped in traffic facing west on Main Street. The Toyota was travelling west behind the BMW. Due to the sun glare, the operator of the Toyota could not see the BMW and struck the rear bumper of the BMW. Damage was estimated to be over $1,000.

8:11 p.m.: A reporting party called to speak to the station officer about a hit and run to his vehicle while it was parked on Boltwood Walk. The white 2017 Toyota Highlander was parked in a parking spot while the registered operator and owner were at dinner. When they returned, there was fresh damage to the driver’s side front bumper. The vehicle was scratched and some paint was missing. Damage was estimated to be under $1,000. The suspect vehicle, a silver SUV, was observed backing alongside the reporting party’s vehicle and then striking the driver’s side front fender. The suspect vehicle left the scene soon after. The vehicle’s license plate is unidentifiable.

Assist Citizen

5:22 p.m.: Listed parties came into the station to report that the owner of Porta, 51 E. Pleasant St., had not paid them yet and owes each of them approximately $2,500. The two females also reported that while employed at Porta, the owner made harassing statements toward them. They said he would tell them to come over and bring their bikinis because he has a hot tub. All parties have since quit their jobs at the establishment. They have been referred to a small claims court for the monetary issues. The former employees were also given the option of a harassment order. They wanted that just on the record for the time being.

10:30 p.m.: A reporting party stated her license was taken away at The Spoke, 35 E. Pleasant St., and she wanted it back. The license was valid and returned to her.

Animal Complaint

7:05 p.m.: A reporting party advised she found an altered male chocolate Labrador in the area of 1315 S. East St. She said she will be taking him to a shelter. The dog did not have tags, but was wearing a black harness.

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Noise Complaint

12:09 a.m.: Police were informed of a loud party at 1 E. Pleasant St. Upon arrival, loud music and yelling was heard from outside the listed location. A resident was identified and was informed of the town bylaws on noise. Approximately 35 people left the location and a warning was issued.

2:52 a.m.: Loud music and voices were heard on arrival to 112 Leverett Road, where one person was identified. He had friends in his backyard earlier and was listening to music. He was advised of the town bylaws regarding noise, turned off his music, went inside and was issued a warning.


12:46 a.m.: A red 2012 Honda Accord was stopped at 81 Belchertown Road. A warning was issued.

12:59 a.m.: A brown 2013 Suzuki Grand Vitara was stopped for a defective headlight at 193 Northampton Road. A warning was issued.

Motor Vehicle Stop

1:18 a.m.: A blue 2014 Honda CR-V was stopped at 58 N. East St. for failure to stop at a red light and failure to stop for an officer’s lights and siren. The operator displayed signs of impairment and field sobriety tests indicated the same. The operator, a 24-year old from Amherst, was arrested for failure to stop/yield, operating under the influence of alcohol as indicated by having a blood alcohol content higher than the legal limit, negligent operation of a motor vehicle to endanger and failure to stop for police.

2:46 a.m.: A red 2014 Honda Accord was stopped for a defective headlight. A warning was issued.


2:17 a.m.: A reporting party stated that they heard yelling female and male voices coming from the top of Lessey Street. The reporting party also heard the sounds of cars peeling out. Upon arrival at 16 Tyler Place, there was over 20 people loudly yelling and screaming at each other. One male had ripped his shirt off and it was apparent to officers that a “large brawl” was about to take place. Officers broke the fight up before it became physical. Officers discovered that about 10 residents from 16 Tyler Place went up the hill to Plimpton House at Amherst College to start a fight with residents after “words were exchanged” on their way home from a night downtown. When residents from Plimpton came out, the two groups began to feud. To officers, “the residents of 16 Tyler were the cause of the large melee,” though no physical confrontation occurred. Officers made it clear to the Tyler Place residents that any further issues could result in fines or criminal charges against them, where they agreed to stay away from the Amherst College dorms. The Amherst College Police Department was on scene and were made aware of the incident.

2:45 a.m.: The University of Massachusetts Police Department advised they had received a phone call about a possible fight in the area of 200 Sunset Ave., where they were sending officers. When officers arrived, they observed no active fight, but spoke with one person there who stated he was involved in a confrontation with two college aged males inside Sunset Pizza. He was not able to provide officers with a description of the other two people, and they were gone on arrival. The person was advised to not go back into the establishment for the night and was assisted with an Uber home.

12:12 p.m.: A Black female who looked to be about 30 years old was seen running in and out of traffic by 35 Belchertown Road. She was acting aggressively to customers at the gas station pumps and was running back toward College Inn apartments. She was said to be wearing colorful leggings and a black jacket. An officer assisted with booking and transporting the involved party. The 32-year-old woman from Westfield, Mass. was placed under arrest for disorderly conduct. The police said “it should be noted” that the woman “is double-jointed and can bring her cuffed hands over her head.”

4:59 p.m.: A male party was reportedly intoxicated, yelling at other employees at the Inn on Boltwood, 30 Boltwood Ave. The male is 5’11” with red hair, green pants, a brown coat and a backpack. The involved party woke up late for work, arrived to quit his job and in the process had a verbal altercation with the chef. The involved party was located in the front doorway and had been drinking, but was cooperative in exiting the building. An officer made contact with a manager on duty who was provided with a trespass form to complete. A copy was obtained for APD records.

Motor Vehicle Crash

12:53 p.m.: A gray 2017 Honda Civic and a red 2012 Toyota Prius were involved in a motor vehicle crash by 491 Pine St. The accident occurred in the driveway of Cushman Market. The operators exchanged their own information. An officer explained to the operators where to get accident forms and where to send them.


2:49 p.m.: An officer was out with an involved party who was sitting on a bench looking at people with binoculars and making them uncomfortable at 1 Spring St. An officer spoke with the person about being mindful of where he points his binoculars.

5:39 p.m.: A reporting party stated that in the field between two driveways by 23 Greenleaves Dr., there are two trailers parked and there is a homeless man who has been spending time under the trailers and may be dealing drugs to people. He was described as an older white male with a white beard and a goatee. The involved party was laying underneath one of the trailers waiting for his friend “Angela” to get back from eating dinner with her friends. The involved party was hesitant about providing a name. The involved party was placed under arrest.


5:12 p.m.: A trespass order was completed and signed by a manager on duty at the Inn on Boltwood, 30 Boltwood Ave., in connection with the disturbance call at 4:59 on Sunday.

Assist Business/Agency

3:50 a.m.: A reporting party stated that he was about to tow a vehicle but that there were tarps covering the windows where he found suspicious, around 16 Brandywine Dr. The reporting party, a tow truck driver at Ernie’s Towing decided not to tow the vehicle as they were not sure if someone was inside it, it was just documented. The vehicle was moved by 7 a.m. the next morning.

Michael Connors can be reached at [email protected] and followed on Twitter @mikepconnors. Hayley Johnson can be reached at [email protected] and followed on Twitter @hayleyk_johnson.

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